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Three oldest outfielders to give away a penalty in Premier League

Published at :November 29, 2023 at 6:39 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 1:20 AM
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Dhruv Sharma


Penalty incidents involving senior players

In the adrenaline-fueled world of Premier League football, moments of brilliance often define the narrative. Yet, sometimes, history is imprinted by unexpected events, like the rare occurrences of seasoned outfielders conceding penalties.

The tales of the seasoned outfielders remind us that while age brings wisdom and experience, it doesn’t guarantee immunity from pivotal moments that define matches. They add a layer of intrigue and humility showcasing that in the beautiful game of football, no one is exempted from the occasional twist of fate.

Everton’s sixth Premier League defeat by at least three goals in 2023, their most in a calendar year since 1994, has added to the list of oldest players to concede a penalty.

3. Ashley Young – 38 years and 140 days

Aged 38 years and 140 days, Ashley Young has become the third-oldest outfielder to give away a penalty in the Premier League in Everton’s match against Manchester United. Everton entered the second half trailing with the scoreline of 1-0, but in the 52nd minute, the former United man tipped Martial in the penalty box which was not given by the referee.

John Brooks, the match referee, was sent to the sideline monitor to review the penalty decision, and after watching the footage penalty was given. Rashford converted the penalty to make it 2-0 and Young avoided second yellow card for his challenge inside the penalty area.

2. Stuart Pearce – 38 years and 341 days

In matchweek 30 of the 2000-01 season, Hammers welcomed Merseyside opponents in a bottom half of the Premier League clash. West Ham had dominated possession for long periods in the first half hoping for a first home win since Boxing Day. The veteran defender had needlessly been booked for a late lunge on Duncan Ferguson, 10 yards inside Everton’s half in the 44th minute.

Pearce received a yellow card for this challenge, just 60 seconds later Pearce was sent off for clattering into Tony Hibbert on the right-hand edge of the penalty area. A minute of sheer madness by Stuart Pearce just before half-time condemned West Ham to a 2-0 home defeat against the side who finished just one place below the Hammers due to goal difference.

1. Richard Gough – 39 years and 11 days

In the 2000-01 Premier League season, Everton hosted Liverpool at Goodison Park on April 16, 2001. The match was a thrilling encounter, with five goals, two penalties, and a sending-off. The first half score was 1-1, in the 57th minute, Liverpool took the lead, just two minutes later a controversial decision was given against Everton by Jeff Winter.

Richard Gough in the 59th minute won a fair challenge in the penalty box but Jeff Winter, the match referee, pointed to the spot, gave Gough a yellow card and Liverpool was awarded a penalty. Thankfully, Robbie Fowler was unable to convert from the spot as he hit the right post. With 10 men Everton pulled one back to make it 2-2, Gary Mac Allister, so often executioner of Toffees hope made it 3-2 in the favour of Liverpool in the dying minutes of the match.

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